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World Autism Awareness Day, Reach Out to the Sky Event

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The Syrian Society for Social Development (SSSD) organized an event in Nabd Center, Salkhad celebrating World Autism Awareness Day, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The event was organized as a closing ceremony to a series of awareness sessions for adolescents conducted throughout schools, in cooperation with the Directorate of Social Affairs and Labor, As-Suwayda, and the Sports National Union, Salkhad.
The event included: a play shedding light on the most common traits of autistic children and the proper ways of dealing with them; a choir performing several songs about the aspirations of autistic children. Concluding the event, the parents and their special needs children made big kites and drew autism logos on them, and then the children stood up forming a train shape and releasing their kites up in the sky.
Observing the facial expressions of the parents of children with special needs, the team sensed an inclination toward more acceptance, comfort and positive reception.
Number of Beneficiaries: 150 (children and their parents)